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Quarterly Serious Post Alert: Stop Blindly Pushing Your Agenda As It Is Drowning America Slowly

Rarely do I take anything seriously here or express any of own personal opinions on anything too terribly important. There are several reasons as to why, but most of them are because I have a few opinions and beliefs that aren’t perceived to be cool by several people. I’m not interested in starting some political or theoretical discussion on the Internet so I stay away from it. However, there have been a few things that have happened recently that really have me steamed at the disgusting behavior of people in this country. I hope that the tens of you that read this stay with me, as these are not the words of a loony leftist baby killer or a gun-toting right-wing oil baron.

The reason I’m writing is this is mostly due to the firing of Juan Williams. Williams, a guy that makes a living by expressing his opinions, was fired after saying he gets worried when he sees Muslims dressed in their traditional garb on an airplane. Here is the full quote:

“Political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don’t address reality. I mean, look Bill [O’Reilly], I’m not a bigot, you know the kind of books I’ve written on the civil rights movement in this country, but when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

There’s a good chance he should not have said that. Or at least all of it. First and foremost, the people interested in killing Americans dress just like everyone else. It’s their camouflage, so there’s really no need to be nervous about people wearing traditional Muslim clothing. However, nobody breaks a sweat when they see a group of Hasidic Jews or Hindus board a plane because they are not typically interested in committing acts of terrorism.

If Juan would have just used his first sentence there, “Political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don’t address reality”, he would have been just fine. That sentence simply is stating that we cannot allow political correctness to keep us from enforcing the law. It’s the same argument regarding border law and security. People clamor on about racism and bigotry when it’s really a matter of protecting the citizens of this country. The unfortunate coincidence of this is that most terrorists happen to be extreme Muslims and most people sneaking into the United State illegally happen to be from Mexico. It’s not racist or bigoted to say these things, it’s simply a fact.

Finally, has anyone looked at Juan Williams’ bibliography? “Black Farmers In America“? “I’ll Find a Way or Make One : A Tribute to Historically Black Colleges and Universities”? These hardly sound like books written by a bigoted person.

The second thing that has me a bit upset is the way some people in the far right have treated Meghan McCain. She said some things (some things being correctly labeling her as a “nutjob”)  about Christine O’Donnell, who has been a popular target for folks on the left recently. Is O’Donnell completely unqualified to win a Senate seat? Oh, without a shadow of a doubt. All Meghan McCain did was point this out and she then took several shots from the right side of the aisle. The next thing you know, she’s called a bimbo and then she’s mocked.

What does all this mean? To me, it means that if you are an extremist on either side of these arguments, you need to get your head examined. You can’t possibly think that NPR firing Juan Williams is fair and scream up and down about his supposed bigotry. If you are, you are drinking the liberal Kool-Aid and probably don’t like Juan simply because he appears on Fox News and doesn’t push an agenda.

If you live in Delaware and you vote for Christine O’Donnell, you are wasting your vote. Like so many people who walk into a voting booth, look for the “R” or “D” column, then vote that ticket, you are doing a disservice to this country and are one of the several reasons we are all in this mess to begin with. It is just as wrong to vote for her based only on the R beside her name as it is to persecute an intelligent liberal like Juan Williams.

We need people like Juan Williams and Meghan McCain. We need people that objectively look at our problems. Until each side gets it, it’s simply an agenda war and there will never be a winner. Well, there will be, but it won’t be Americans. We’ll get to keep the status quo: Politicians are the winners.

Okay. I’ll shut up and go back to being silly again.

Good Morning America! Welcome To The Era Of “Me First” Where Nothing Is Ever My Fault

We Are Witless.

Fair warning: I’m about to become one of those people that equates LeBron James’ recent behavior to the current climate of the United States. There’s a great chance that I could a) potentially offend people, b) not be eloquent, and/or c) insult several sports fans.

Shouldn’t people have seen this LeBron James move coming for quite some time? All signs show that he could have cared less about the fact that he was born and raised in Akron, OH and had the “opportunity” to play for his home state’s professional basketball team. LeBron openly showed that he rooted for the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys. You know, two teams that almost everyone from Ohio ends up as fans.

So my first problem here is at least a sports related problem instead of society as a whole, which I will get into later. People, enough with hopping on the bandwagon. Is there a worse sports fan than a frontrunner? I live in Dallas, TX and it blows my mind that people would rather put on a Kobe Bryant (whom I like more than LeBron now, congrats BronBron) jersey than a Dirk Nowitzki jersey. Why is this?

It’s because we now live in a sports world in which everyone wants to root for a winner and nobody wants to suffer through the growing pains of building a winner. People want instant gratification. Do you think Yankees fans remember the years prior to Derek Jeter and Co. showing up? Yeah they do, the team was horrendous. Through player development and amazingly brilliant planning, the Yankees have created the ability to run their team the way they do right now. Do they spend more than everyone else? Yes. But they have earned that right.

So BronBron is simply the biggest example of bandwagon hopping in recorded human history. Except instead of buying that Laker jersey and declaring yourself a huge Laker fan, he gets to pick which jersey all the bandwagon hopping fans will buy this winter. Believe me, they will be all over the place and if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to use them to wipe your ass.

Do you think that BronBron and his moronic advisors would have pulled this stunt over the past two or three years if any of them had an iota of college education? Before you jump down my throat and say that you can be an intelligent person without a college education, let me tell you that yes, I do believe that as well. However, I think that we can all agree that most people actually benefit from the college learning experience?

Think about it. This is really the first actual decision that BronBron and his moronic friends had to make. They didn’t pick a college. They didn’t pick a team to play for. His toughest life decision to date was whether or not he really wanted to tank in the second round of this year’s NBA Playoffs. Sure, college guys have made stupid decisions, but I have to believe that if BronBron wasn’t surrounded by enablers with pea-brained delusions of grandeur, the marketing and PR nightmare that he will have to deal with for the foreseeable future could have been avoided.

It really boils down to the fact that our society has reached a point where more people think “me” before “we”. Everyone wants the easy way out of every single situation. Nobody really wants to have to work for something. If they really did, they would find that the thing that was so hard and you busted your ass for? It is so much more rewarding to know you did it yourself.

We live in a world filled with enablers. No one wants to take responsibility for anything, from second round playoff exits to oil spills. Everyone wants the easy way out. Everyone wants all their wildest dreams to be simply handed over to them on a plate. BronBron wanted all those things. The Cavs let him pick their coach, pick their GM. Then, they fired those very people because it’s believed to be what BronBron wanted. They appeased him over and over, to the point where he is oblivious to the fact that he just infuriated about 90% of the sports fan base.

Yes, most of this is incoherent rambling. It’s hard to really form a concise and clear message about this situation for me because it has inexplicably pissed me off on so many levels, that I find it hard to think clearly when I think about BronBron. This petulant, egotistical, coward who is unwilling to fight the fight that hundreds of athletes have done before him, has gotten his way and found the easy way out.

If you disagree with me on any of this, think about this:

Take BronBron out and replace him with Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Paul Pierce, Kevin Durant, John Stockton, Patrick Ewing, Jerry Lucas, Isiah Thomas, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Hakeem Olajuwon.

Now, imagine any one of those players doing what BronBron has done. You can’t even come close to believing it could happen can you?

Don’t Plagiarize Me Bro!

Plagiarism: The Internet's Dirty Little Secret

So, after what looks like some serious digging and comparison, William Goss at Cinematical has pretty much nailed a so-called movie critic for ripping off over 40 movie reviews from several different websites. I’ve looked through several of the cases of it and it’s just blatant, word-for-word stealing. This blogger, at David’s Movie Notebook, is no longer in the blogging business. Click the link and you’ll find that the blog is shut down.

Cinematically Correct has been online since June 6th, 2008, which means that in my just over two years of blogging, there are a few instances in which someone has lifted something I’ve written. I’ve either been alerted to this by friends or have stumbled across it myself.

The first time it happened, I was insanely pissed. It just seemed so wrong. When I would write my “Lost” recaps, I purposely avoided reading other blogs until I finished mine. I didn’t want any of their words or thoughts to work their way into mine because I respect their writing. But, I calmed down and said to myself, “That writer knows they stole from me, let them live with knowing they ripped me off”. I’m sure they could care less, otherwise, they don’t steal in the first place.

Now if it happens, I consider it to be flattering. After all, they must think it’s good enough to lift and call their own thoughts. It’s sad really. Why did you start the blog in the first place?

Of course, if I’m one of the guys from Variety and you are ripping me off, the gloves come right off. Once you are getting paid for your words, you need to safeguard them like Fort Knox.

Most bloggers like me are doing this because it’s fun. It’s a creative outlet. Would I like to be doing this for a living? You bet your ass I would. Obviously, I’m either not qualified, not good enough, or haven’t pursued it enough to make it happen.

Why did I write this half-ass rant on plagiarism? Boredom. I didn’t feel like sounding off on Lindsay Lohan or LeBron today.

60 Tension Filled Minutes Without Dialogue? That’s “June 17th, 1994”

It's Kramer...dammit you know who I am?

I’m about to praise ESPN for the first time on this blog. Trust me…this hurts as I despise ESPN. Last night’s 30 For 30 documentary, “June 17th, 1994”, was an intense, brilliantly edited piece of television that I seriously have trouble believing that I saw it on ESPN. Other than Baseball Tonight and their college basketball coverage, every single second of ESPN programming makes me cringe. Last night, it made me cringe in a good way.

The first thing that struck me about this documentary, which was brilliantly put together by the director of “The Kid Stays In The Picture” Brett Morgan, was the editing. There was no narrator. There was nobody telling us about OJ’s wild ride through Los Angeles on June 17th, 1994. We were only watching news footage, pieced together to create a coherent narrative. Can you imagine the sheer volume of recordings that had to be poured over to create such a thing? Not to mention the fact that it was pieced together in a way that created some serious tension.

Tension can be a hard thing to create when the entire audience knows how that day ended. I mean, we all know that eventually, OJ gave up his suicidal, guilt-admitting ride that night. Looking back, what disgusted me most was watching all the complete and total imbeciles cheer OJ on. Should anyone in their right mind have been on his team at that point? Innocent people don’t take all the steps that OJ did that day, but yet he had cheerleaders holding up signs for him.

It’s really something that you have to see for yourself. If anything, it’s fairly amazing to see all of the events going on in the sporting world that day. Personally, I remember being at a friend’s house, watching the Knicks and Rockets play in the NBA Finals. A friend’s dad called to tell us that OJ had lost his mind and seconds later, Bob Costas was telling us the same damn thing. What a fantastic doc and it’s easily the best thing that ESPN has aired in 2010.

Can’t People Just Be Crazy?

If you scroll through enough entries on Cinematically Correct, you’ll probably figure out where most of my political beliefs lie. However, unlike the majority of our government in Washington D.C., I do believe in the word “compromise”. If you sat me down in a room with someone from the opposite political world as me and said, “Look, you need to get things worked out so go do it”, I can promise you that I would not be the person that gives up.

Today, a lunatic landed a plane in an office building in Austin, TX. I have spent some time reading blogs and opinion-makers from the left and right attempt to label this scumbag, attempted murderer as a far-right “teabagger” or the second coming of Che Guevara. I read his unimpressive, whiny, weak-willed manifesto and anyone claiming this guy had a defined agenda is a political weasel and needs to be completely ignored. I don’t care if it’s Glenn Beck or Keith Olbermann. You are despicable for even trying to attempt it.

I don’t expect us to all to always agree, but I have a simple equation that I hold dear.

Too far right = Fascism. Too far left = Communism. Neither work.

Let’s all try and get back to the in-between okay?

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Quick Hit Movie Friday! Joe Simpson Is Evil, A New Emo-Free Spidey, & Channing Tatum Plays A Soldier…Again

These are the new movie release dark days folks. The chances of actually seeing a half-decent new movie have gone by the wayside for a month or two. Case in point: “Dear John” and “From Paris With Love”. Is it possible for two movies to be released on the same day that are so awful for completely opposite reasons? “Dear John” looks like an even weaker version of “The Notebook” while “From Paris With Love” looks like…like…well…like dogs***. So if you are a sappy chick that likes crappy romance or a meathead guy that digs crap action flicks, it’s all out there for you today.

Of course, this meathead wants to see Mel Gibson get revenge all over yo’ face in “Edge Of Darkness”.

  • Who has seen “The Red Riding Trilogy”? After reading this EW.com article, it sounds damn awesome. Creepy, but awesome. They are apparently an adaptation of the even better book series…has anyone heard of these mysterious “book” things I keep hearing about?
  • Is this Percy Jackson kid going to be the next Peter Parker/Spider Man? The word is that he is talking with Sony about the possibility. Sadly, that third flick really soured me on the entire idea of a Spider Man movie. Besides, hasn’t Batman and Iron Man cornered the super hero market these days?
  • The genius that is Tim Curry has joined the already impressive cast of “Burke and Hare”, a dark comedy set in the 1800s about Scottish corpse thieves. Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis are already playing the two leads, which means that I’ll be beating down the door to see it. Does anybody else think that Tim Curry was badass in “Legend”? No? Well…me either then.
  • Is Joe Simpson as bad as say…Lindsay Lohan’s dad? Hardly. Is he pure evil that needs to be stopped? Most definitely. Joe now has a deal with Nickelodeon to produce a show about a pyschiatrist raising two daughters in Texas…how original! Where did he get this idea?
  • Finally…Flicksided.com picks their ten favorite Bill Murray roles since 1990. Why just since 1990? That leaves out “Ghostbusters” and “Stripes”. Since Bill Murray is one of my several Leaders and Life Coaches, here is my top ten. Have a bitchin’ weekend.

10.  Grimm, “Quick Change”

9. Ernie McCracken, “Kingpin”

8. John, “Stripes”

7. Jeff Slater, “Tootsie”

6. Steve Zissou, “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou”

5. Phil, “Groundhog Day”

4. Carl Spackler, “Caddyshack”

3. Peter Venkman, “Ghostbusters”

2. Herman Blume, “Rushmore”

1. Bob Harris, “Lost In Translation”

3D Robots & Wizards! The Dude & His Lightdisc! My Jealousy Regarding Orlando Bloom’s Hair!!

Was there anything good on TV last night?

Ha. For the tens of you eagerly awaiting my deep thoughts on the first two hours of the final season of “Lost”, you’ll have to hang on for a few more hours. I’m trying to decide the best way to tackle all that went on…oh, I have to do this stupid job too.

  • I’m not ashamed to admit that I really dig Orlando Bloom. I don’t even know if he’s that great of an actor and I really am not a fan of the “Pirates” movies. It’s really Bloom’s involvement with “Kingdom Of Heaven” and “Elizabethtown” that makes me dig him. Why the Bloom praise? He’s going to star in “The Good Doctor” and his role as an insecure doctor sounds like a needed change for him.
  • Lee Zolotoff is back in the news. What’s that? Who the hell is Lee Zolotoff? Exactly. He’s the creator of “MacGyver” and he is apparently pissed off about this whole “MacGruber” movie. I suppose he’s mad about the fact that this new movie spoofs on a show that hit its popularity peak about twenty years ago. Those SNL folks…always striking while the iron is hot.
  • This is neither here nor there or a news story but shouldn’t NBC just put “Saturday Night Live” out of its misery? Whoa…how Larry King of me.
  • It sounds like the next Harry Potter and Transformers flicks will be released in 3D. Michael Bay once said that 3D was a fad. Then, somebody showed him the amount of cash “Avatar” has raked in and Bay changed his tune. Is there a bigger show biz whore than Mikey Bay?
  • In some sad news…Phil Harris, he of “The Deadliest Catch”, had a stroke last Friday. He is the bearded, scruffy Captain of the ship called Cornelia Marie. I don’t want to point fingers but the guy seemed to permantly have a Marlboro Red attached to his lip. Now I’m not doctor, but that can’t be good. My wife and I dig that show and he is one of the more entertaining guys on it so this is a real bummer. Here’s hoping he comes through okay.
  • Finally…you want a lightdisc? I can get you a lightdisc. I can get you one by 3:30…with nail polish.

That Light Cycle really pulled the room together.